Thank You GEA

Thanks to the generosity of GE Appliances, some of our apartments
have new appliances!

The generous donation includes two refrigerators, one washer, one dryer and one stove for the people in our care. The stove is used in our daily living skills program where individuals learn how to cook.

These appliances are helping our individuals gain independence and self-worth all while making daily tasks more manageable with the convenience of modern-day appliances.

Thank you, GEA for helping make our community a better place for all.


Cedar Lake with Today’s Woman

Our very own Paul Clark and Cassity Bratcher sat down with Today’s Woman for an interview that touches on the Physical Therapy Department at Cedar Lake and what their days look like at the Lodge.
Click here to read the full article.

Thank you, Paul and Cassity, for all you do for the people in our care!


Hearts of Gold Gala 2021

Cedar Lake’s “Hearts of Gold” Gala took place Saturday, November 13th at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. We could not have asked for a better night of celebration. Thank you to our sponsors, attendees and donors for the endless support and making it such a special event.

You can find more pictures of the gala captured by
Emma McMahan Photography at our Facebook page.



Ann Wells Spotlight

Ann Wells became our champion when Commonwealth Bank and Trust become a trusted business partner with Cedar Lake. One of the first events Ann attended was a luncheon honoring Cedar Lake Staff.  She was moved by the compassion and commitment of the staff there. Later, she met a woman whose daughter had just been accepted into Cedar Lake Lodge. She told Ann, “the day I found out my daughter was going to Cedar Lake, was the first time I slept through the night because I knew my daughter was going to be cared for even after I am gone.” This conversation cemented Ann’s commitment to our mission.
This year at our “Hearts of Gold” Gala, Ann was awarded the Beth Copley Compassionate Heart Award. This award honors longstanding Cedar Lake donors and volunteers whose commitment and exceptional dedication through advocacy, volunteerism, fundraising and friendraising has enriched the lives of those we support. Their actions have moved mountains for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is the most prestigious commendation granted to donors by the Cedar Lake Foundation. Ann has set such an example of leadership within our community and for that we are grateful.

November 2021 Updates

Thanksgiving – the act of giving thanks.  When you read this, it will be after what I hope was a blessed holiday for you and your family.  It is good that we designate a day to give thanks to God for our lives, our family, our community and all the blessings we receive.  The challenge, sometimes, is to keep this spirit of gratitude throughout the year.
Thanksgiving isn’t a noun, but a verb.  It is an action, not merely a feeling.  It is telling and showing others our gratitude for the difference they make in our lives.  It is not meant to be kept to ourselves, but shared liberally and deliberately.  As I reflect on all for which I am grateful, Cedar Lake is one of those things at the top of my list.  Specifically, I am grateful for those for whom we are so privileged to care.  I am grateful for the shy smiles of some and the wide-open arms and infectious joy of others.  I am grateful for their trust and belief that we at Cedar Lake are going to love and care for them every day. And I am so very grateful to you, for you make our ministry possible.  I am grateful for those who have supported our mission from the day we opened our doors and for those who joined us for the first time at our “Hearts of Gold” Gala. I am so incredibly grateful for those who help us keep our promises.  In a world that often overlooks or excludes those who are differently abled, Cedar Lake is a welcoming and loving light. We are able to keep our promise to give loving, compassionate and excellent care because of you.
As we begin the journey to Christmas and the end of 2021, I am challenging myself to actively give thanks, to be “thanks-giving” every day.  To not only say thank you to generous donors like you, but to give you an opportunity to be a part of this mission, to see the difference your generous gifts make every day.  We finally can visit our programs again and I want to invite you! In 2022, we are going to arrange specific times and opportunities for people to visit, but you don’t have to wait for these official events.  If you would like to visit the Lodge or Park Place, Sycamore Run or the Enrichment Center please call or email me and I will be honored to introduce you to those in our care and to the amazing staff who work with them.  You can reach me on my cell phone, 502.963.2470 or by email at  Let’s spend a day giving thanks for the ministry of Cedar Lake and let me share my gratitude with you, showing you the way your gifts change lives every day.  For all this, I give thanks.

LeadingAge Kentucky Award- Supportive Services Award

Congratulations to Amy Lawler for winning the LeadingAge Kentucky Supportive Services Award!  The mission of LeadingAge Kentucky is to provide services to members that will enhance the quality of life of those they serve by providing education and sharing information, providing networking opportunities, developing leadership and advancing sound public policy.
Amy has been a valuable and dedicated staff member at Cedar Lake’s Park Place and Sycamore Run for many years and has been one of the greatest advocates for the physical, mental, spiritual and social needs of the individuals we support. Thank you, Amy for all you do for Cedar Lake and the individuals we support!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The month of October is National Disability Awareness Month. We want to give a big shout out to Robert, Pamela, Clayton and Peter for being hard workers in the community and thank you to Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Walgreens and Hometown Pizza for being a few of the many places our individuals are employed. Our Supported Employment Program helps our individuals find, keep and maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Cassandra Tembo- Interim President and CEO

Tell me when you first started with Cedar Lake.
November 2013 as the VP of Human Resources.

How long were you with Cedar Lake?
For 6 years. First as the VP of Human Resources to the VP of Administration and then Chief Administrative Officer.

Tell me a little bit about yourself: family, job, hobbies, etc.
I’ve been married for 16 years. We serve together in ministry and like to travel. Our lives are centered around helping others. We travel domestically and internationally; most is centered around ministry work and then vacations are sprinkled in. Vacations are usually by the ocean. Our most memorable trip was Israel.

What is your favorite memory of your time with Cedar Lake?
My favorite memory was one of my very first Cedar Lake moments – it was my first experience out of Corporate America, and it was on Maundy Thursday, leading up to Easter.
A member of the Spiritual Life team at the time went to all locations within Cedar Lake to offer communion to staff and the people that we support.
One of the people that we support is nonverbal and at the time that she was taking communion, she spoke and said, “for me” and took the communion. Not only was that a powerful moment to witness, the bread that was used for communion was made at CLEC by those that we support. It was so powerful to see all that Cedar Lake encompasses: the people that we support, the Christian principles that we were founded upon, which also reminds us that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. This moment embodied all that we are at Cedar Lake.
Another favorite memory was with Michael and Arnold at Park Place. We would periodically go to lunch. In 2019 when I was leaving, I had my last lunch with Michael and Arnold and will always hold onto those memories.

What’s your favorite annual event?
My favorite event is the Employee Awards Banquet. It’s special because we get to celebrate the people that make it all happen.

Anything else you’d like to share?
When the board asked me to come back to help Cedar Lake in this interim period, the answer was absolutely. I will always be willing to do what I can to help Cedar Lake. It’s been heartwarming anytime someone has told me “welcome home” now that I’m back in the doors. That’s what makes Cedar Lake special.

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